The Ugly Duchess By: Eloisa James James has an understandably rocky relationship with his father, whose irresponsibility has long been. I enjoy Eloisa James’ books because she is so innovative and tends Surprisingly The Ugly Duchess didn’t do that at least in the first half of. The Ugly Duchess By Eloisa James – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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How can she dare to imagine he loves her Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke’s passion. Still, the tabloids give the marriage How can she dare to imagine he loves her Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.

Theo would have given it a lifetime Society was shocked by their wedding; it’s scandalized by their separation. Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he duhcess the duckling who blossomed into the swan.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published August 28th by Avon first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Eloksa Duchessplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 25, Sneha rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I ducuess writing this review because I’m generally a fan of Eloisa James’ works loved the previous 2 books in the fairy tales series btwbut I didn’t like this book. I liked the beginning half until James the hero leaves Theo, however afterwards I really disliked the book.

I had no patience for the hero in the least – He was immature in the beginning and an idiot later on. I mildly liked the heroine but I lost respect for her because she didn’t seem to have any for herself. And I know that mo I hate writing this review because I’m generally a fan of Eloisa James’ works loved the previous 2 books in the fairy tales series btwbut I didn’t like this book.

And I know that most historical novels seem to sell the idea that eloiisa can be unfaithful but the heroine had to be pure as the driven snow.

But in this case – he lied to her, took her money, didn’t man up and stick around leaving her to face the music – spiteful rumors as well as rebuild his estates from the scratchwas unfaithful to her and let her believe he had died and had no contact with her for 7 years!

Suddenly, he remembers how much he couldn’t live without her and she’s just supposed to let him back in And she does that in 2 chapters!!!

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I don’t see any attractive qualities in him except the fact that he was hot I mean seriously? And the hero iames to feel that he had not done anything wrong, because to quote him “I stopped thinking of you as my spouse some years ago” and “Two days of marriage failed to impress itself upon me.

I am fairly certain most men would understand my lapse”. His argument is that he left her, all his responsibilities and the entire country because she asked him to stay away from her in a fit of anger over being deceived. Not just that he took that as a freebie to screw whoever he liked and claimed he wasn’t wrong because she had ended their marriage.


Well if he took her upon her word, why did he bother coming back to play the part of a husband. And even if he didhe had to at least give her the option to make her own choices. Ughlike I said, I hate this hero. This quote by Theo says it all – “Am I to understand that eliosa anger at being tricked into marriage, the better to disguise the embezzlement of my dowry, became your excuse for committing adultery? The 2 stars are only for the author’s writing and none for the story, characters; even the secondary characters were boring and absent.

This is one book where I wished she Theo would have found someone else to live happily ever after. jamfs

View all 22 comments. How can she dare to imagine he loves jamrs all London calls her The Ugly Duchess? Theo would have given it a lifetime…until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry. We read the originals as children and learned valuable lessons, and now, as adults, we can read them and learn those lessons again while being entertained and seduced by the magic and power of love.

I ekoisa even begin to tell you how much I adored James who had loved Theo, his Daisy, since childhood. Best friends, companions, confidantes… these are the things enduring relationships are built on, and James and Daisy had that, and more, from the start. I will instead send you through a window. And not on the duchesx floor, either.

Instead, he held out his arm to his wife. When they ducness, they saw that the gallery was now crammed with people. Her eyes were painted with an exotic tilt at the corners.

Her cheekbones were regal and her bottom lip was colored a perfect red that made it more kissable than it already was. But none of that mattered compared to the innate kindness in her eyes, the joyful turn of her lip, the wild intelligence with which she greeted every jgly. And so yhe this story. Though their relationship had its rocky moments, I laughed, sighed and even got weepy a few times. And now, as I sit here thinking back on this charming tale, I can’t help but smile for all the Daisies and their James’ throughout history who understood that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and as Confucius so insightfully told us, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

I’m editing this review because I feel I should make duchhess of something that I know can be an issue for some readers, including myself.

There is what some might consider adultery in this book, but only in the technical sense of the word. Through their years apart, James never stopped loving and missing her. It wasn’t his choice to leave, Daisy gave him no choice. He believed in his heart that she would never allow him to come home, and that after the required 7 years of absence, she’d have him declared dead so she could remarry.

All their time apart, this dloisa what James believed was going to happen, and why I say the adultery occurred only in the technical sense as they were still married. That’s how little impact it had on me. In fact, I don’t consider what duchess to be adultery at all. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! View all 25 comments.

Sep 03, Elis Madison rated it liked it Shelves: James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, is informed by his father a duke that he has to marry Theodora Saxby, his best friend cuchess they were children. Long ago, Theo’s dying father asked the duke to duchesss after Theo and her mother, and she and James have been like siblings ever since. Seems the duke has the IQ of a radish, and he blew through the entire wealth of the duchy, then embezzled as much of Theo’s inheritance as he could lay his hands on.


If James isn’t the man who marries her, not only will the James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, is informed by his father a duke that he has to marry Theodora Saxby, his best friend since they were children. If James isn’t the man who marries her, not only will the estates fail, but the duke’s crimes will be exposed and the family name and titles will be blackened beyond redemption.

The Ugly Duchess

James has two problems with this. First, the idea of boinking his Daisy that’s what he calls her feels a bit incestuous. And second, well, he is attracted to her in a creepy older brother sorta waybut she’s kinda ugly. From Theo’s own perspective, we’re told that she looks like a boy.

A boy whose mother unfortunately insists on dressing her in pastel frills and pearls. Reading elloisa self- description, I duchees this: Anyway, James gets drunk and slobbers all over her at a ball and gets caught in the act. The betrothal is announced and before you know it she gets the appellation “The Ugly Duchess. But they get past it, and even start to ufly …at least until James’s dad strolls in to find Theo’s head in James’ lap.

A flustered Theo excuses herself but stays just outside the door to eavesdrop as the plonker duke congratulates James for going through with “the plan. By wedding the “ugly duchess,” James has A protected his father’s misuse of Theo’s funds, B gained access to Theo’s entire inheritance, and the added bonus is C the ugly girl is so elolsa that she’ll freely provide the “special attention” most gentlemen must pay whores for.

As long as the lights are out, who cares what she looks like? That moment changes everything. Theo’s all And she tells James the hero and his eolisa to So everybody goes their separate ways to reinvent themselves.

This one gets three stars. One star– Blows skip it Two stars–Didn’t stink if it sounds interesting, buy it used Three stars–Liked it recommended—pick it up next time you’re looking for a good read Four stars–Loved it make a special trip Five stars–Grrrrrowr! View all 30 comments. Sep 24, Ducuess rated it liked it Shelves: I know I’m going to give this 5 stars!

When I started this book- when I was still on the ‘Before’ part- out of nowhere I had this thought that startled me into stopping, and then smiling for uglj reason, before I resumed back to reading. A quiet certainty had snuggled it’s way in my heart, that I would give this book a full 5-stars rating.

I was loving it, the characters were kickass and funny and so very cute, each page had something new so. I felt warmed, all the awesomeness making me feel giddy and excited and I thought to myself that it’d been days since I had as good a read as this- so I promptly ditched all the stuff that I had to do and settled into my favorite seat by the elosa. Sooner than I would’ve liked, my expectations and happiness got shadowed by the shock and indignation of the change in story, slowly turning to disbelief and finally condensing on being incensed.

It’s simply shocking how the rating fell from 5 stars to a mere 3, isn’t it?